We're thrilled to announce that Green Umbrella has been awarded a USDA Farm to School grant to launch #FeedOurFuture and impact students across the Greater Cincinnati region, in collaboration with key partners Ohio State- Hamilton County 4-H, Gorman Heritage Farm, Civic Garden Center, and Cuyahoga County Board of Health!
"Green Umbrella’s Food Policy Council (FPC) will lead development of the region’s existing farm to school programs into a collaborative network for mutually accelerating everyone’s successes. Leveraging the success of Cuyahoga County’s Feed our Future model (FOF), the FPC will convene a Greater Cincinnati Regional FOF Advisory Board, enlist nine key community partners for two years to use FOF branded materials and visual components in partnership with participating schools, conduct a FOF Local Menu Takeover Mini Grant Program for eligible schools, establish a Regional Farm to School Curriculum Coordinator, launch a training program for cohorts of teachers to develop more advanced farm to school educational expertise, and coordinate connecting community education content and programs to the FOF Framework. The project will impact students and producers across the 10 counties served by Green Umbrella in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana."
“Helping schools expand access to healthy, locally grown produce through these grants is just one of the many ways USDA is transforming America’s food system,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Not only will this give children more nutritious food options in school, it supports local agriculture economies, while connecting them to the farms and farmers that grow the food we all depend on.”